The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (the IGA) makes it an offence to provide or advertise interactive gambling to Australians. Sports betting where bets are made 'in play' (i.e. bets are able to be made after the start of the game or event) are considered to be interactive gambling and are therefore illegal in Australia. However there is nothing wrong with sports betting, online or otherwise where bets are placed prior to the start of the match.
In Australia, the Interactive Gambling Act makes it illegal for punters to make online bets on the winner once play has commenced. However, local customers can make ‘in play’ bets via telephone. You may have noticed the Twenty20 cricket had ‘in play’ betting, which allowed punters to bet on the outcome of a game after it started.
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